Soccer Weekend: Even under new management, Columbus is dangerous in attack

For most of 2018, except when the Columbus Crew were the opponent on any particular weekend, everyone who is a fan of Major League Soccer was a fan of the Crew. Save The Crew wasn’t just a hashtag on Twitter; it was a rallying cry. Fans rallied and hoped and prayed for someone — anyone — with deep pockets to step in and stop Anthony Precourt from moving their beloved Black and Yellow from the Buckeye State to deep in the heart of Texas.

That happened, thanks to the Haslem and Edwards families, and the Crew aren’t going anywhere.

Yet while Columbus (0-0-1, 1 point, 6th in the East) has new owners and a new manager in Caleb Porter, the Crew aren’t expected to change much in the way they play in 2019.

That means beautiful soccer, and they’re bringing it to Route 1 for the Revolution’s (0-0-1, 1 pt, 7th in the East) home opener Saturday afternoon (2 p.m., NBC Sports Boston/WBZ-FM 98.5/AM 1260 in Portuguese).

Even with that known, and even with quite a bit of firepower returning to the Crew in 2019, we believe